Cook '20 Completes Semester at The Island School, Bahamas

This past semester, MBS junior Ian Cook ’20 participated in an exciting study abroad program at The Island School in the Bahamas. He spoke about the experience at Upper School Morning Meeting on Tuesday, January 15th.

The Island School – located in Eleuthera, The Bahamas – is dedicated to helping high school sophomores and juniors from around the world live sustainably in the 21stcentury and learn outside the walls of a classroom. With the campus and surrounding ocean as its laboratory, the school engages students in the process of inquiry in order to discover solutions to real world problems.

“Everybody is required to partake in research groups throughout the semester. These can vary from going out into the ocean and researching turtles and sharks, or making use of an invasive species on the island,” said Cook. “I was part of the ‘energy team,’ which was a group of six, and we were focused on developing a microgrid – a fully autonomous system that generates and stores its own power. When it is fully implemented, The Island School will be the first school in North America to have this system.”

Read Ian’s full speech about his semester abroad here.

Watch a video Ian, himself, made about his experience at The Island School below:

MBS parents and students will be able to learn more about global study programs, service trips, immersion programs, gap years and more at the Morristown-Beard School Global Vendor Day on Thursday, February 7th, as part of the Parents Association meeting. For more information about the MBS Global Studies Program, please contact Aline de la Torre-McCloskey at


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